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February Newsletter

 

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February Newsletter!

 

Welcome to your first 2018 newsletter from the Liferaft team

 

February is a busy month for many of us, with lots of events and activities taking place. For parents, half-term is quickly approaching. Then there’s also the fun of Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day to get involved in!

New Year’s Resolutions

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We traditionally begin every year evaluating what we achieved in the year gone by, and the things we wished we had worked on. The start of a new year is the perfect chance to create a set of resolutions to work towards, from keeping fit to learning a new skill.

If, by February, you feel you’re already starting to waiver, have you considered tracking your progress. Keeping on top of your progress boosts your confidence and helps you focus your energy.

Liferaft’s goals and trackers can help you set and achieve your January Resolutions – it’s not too late so give it a go today!

Half-Term Holidays

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It only seems like a moment ago that children were off for the Christmas Holidays when suddenly the February half-term approaches!

We know that it can be difficult to keep your children entertained, especially when they have additional needs.  Then you have the unpredictable British winter weather to content with……planning activities while your child is off school is no easy task.

To help, the team have come up with a few ideas to spark your imagination:

  • Plan a day out at a local National Trust location
  • Visit a Hobbycraft or other arts and craft shop for creative activities
  • Settle down for a home movie afternoon with homemade popcorn
  • Take a trip to the local museum or library

We have also compiled a list of resources to make your planning easier – whether you want to get away on a family break or find some inspiration – just click here.

Friday 13th Pancake Day!

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This year, February 13th marks one of the yummiest days of the year, Shrove Tuesday – more commonly known as Pancake Day.

If you’re looking to make pancakes with your children, CBeebies have created a simple recipe that you can download and print. Take a look here.

We love Pancake Day here at Liferaft, although we find it hard to agree on what toppings we enjoy the most! From sweet to savoury, MumsNet have a great variety of flavours to try here.

Let us know on Facebook what your favourite pancake fillings and toppings are!

Valentine’s Day Activities

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If Pancake Day wasn’t enough of a treat, the next day is Valentine’s Day!

It’s another opportunity to help children get involved with creative play, developing motor and communication skills.

The AngelSense blog have put together 4 Valentine’s crafts for children with special needs that you can tailor for your child. Find out more about the activities here.

Give the Gift of Liferaft

Take the opportunity to get our Premium Account FREE!

We are offering our Premium Account FREE for 6 months when you sign-up using the code SANTA17 before 28th February 2018.

As a parent carer, a professional carer or someone who lives with a long-term condition, Liferaft can help you and your family.  Our Premium Account allows you to:

  • Reduce the need for repetition of information
  • Keep vital information in one accessible place
  • Share information to ensure continuity of care
  • Have peace of mind

Sign up NOW using the code SANTA17!

Luke Reade & Liferaft

Luke Reade & Liferaft

 

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The motor fanatics at the Liferaft Team are thrilled that we are once again supporting Luke Reade as he returns for a 2nd season in the Renault UK Clio Cup this year.

Having raced on tracks around the country, including the home on motor racing Silverstone, Luke says “I believe we have a strong chance of going for podiums and even pushing for race wins in 2018.”

To read the full article, click here.

To find out more about Luke Reade, you can follow him on Twitter @LukeReade 

 

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Liferaft us a powerful online resource that assists and addresses a wide range of health and social care demands. You know how much you wished everything that was important to your diary life were in one place? Well now it is! To find out how Liferaft can help you and your loved ones, visit www.myliferaft.com or see us on Facebook and Twitter.

Christmas Newsletter

 

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Christmas Newsletter

 

Merry Christmas from the Liferaft team!

 

This month, we’re looking forward to all the festivities this time of year brings, from Christmas dinner with the family to thinking of new goals for the year ahead.

Our Special Festive Offer

As a parent carer, a professional carer or someone who lives with a long-term condition, Liferaft can help you. Our Premium Account allows you to:

  • Avoid having to repeat yourself
  • Keep vital information in one accessible place
  • Ensure continuity of information within a care circle
  • Have peace of mind

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from having a Liferaft Premium Account, then we have the perfect present!

We are offering our Premium Account FREE for 6 months when you sign-up using the code SANTA17 before 28th February 2018.  Don’t delay! To sign up today for our Festive Offer, click here.

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Liferaft at Christmas

The 12 days of Christmas began at Liferaft on December 13th! We’re celebrating our favourite time of year with our #LiferaftAtChristmas countdown on our social media channels all the way to Christmas Day. We love this time of year for spending dedicated quality time with our loved ones and helping those who need some support.

Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter for more festive fun!  If you want to join in the fun and share your festive top tips, use the #LiferaftAtChristmas hashtag!

School Holidays

With schools about to break up for the Christmas holidays, it cane be difficult to keep your children entertained, especially when they have additional needs. To bust the boredom, we’ve put together a list of resources to help you plan activities while your child is off school. Click our Resources link to find out more and if you are a good suggestion, we would love to hear from you at info@myliferaft.com and add it to the list!

Helping Parent Carers

This year, we’ve really focused on supporting parent carers. It was this parent carer role that Nicola found herself in that inspired her to start Liferaft. Being a parent carer to her daughter Faith meant that Nicola really understood what was required in creating a tool to support fellow parent carers and their children.

Her experience led to the creation of Liferaft – a secure, online place to record health and medical data, as well as social, emotional and care information. All your children’s vital information is in one easily accessible place, so no matter where your child is, you can maintain continuity of information and share it with others.

To find out more, please visit our website: https://www.myliferaft.com/parent-carers/

 

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From all at Liferaft, we wish you and your family a

very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

November is Cancer Awareness Month

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Movember Newsletter

Working together to support cancer awareness.  Did you know that this month marks not one, but five different types of cancer awareness?

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It’s Movember!

That means as well as seeing lots of extra facial hair on the front covers of celebrity magazines, website photo galleries and Instagram feeds we are bracing ourselves as TV presenters preen over their newly found beards and celebs sport ‘interesting’ Movember attempts like these.   Of course, it’s all for a good cause, and Movember isn’t the only thing going on this month when it comes to cancer awareness. Did you know that this month marks not one, but five different types of cancer awareness?

  • Lung Cancer Awareness
  • Carcinoid Cancer Awareness
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
  • Stomach Cancer Awareness
  • Movember – Prostate Cancer

How Liferaft helps you:

Liferaft is here to further support you and anyone in your family who is battling cancer. Here are just 4 ways how our application can help make things a little easier:

  1. Use the Liferaft Trackers to keep a record of what medicines you take, and when they need to be re-ordered. You can even share that with a friend who can pick them up on your behalf.
  2. Share care and medical information to ensure everyone is up to date.
  3. Track your sleep patterns and optimise your rest routine.
  4. Access Liferaft Resources to find cancer support groups.

To get started with Liferaft, or to find out more, please visit our website: https://www.myliferaft.com/

Liferaft Christmas Present

 

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If you or someone you know would benefit from having a Liferaft Premium Account, then we have the perfect present!  We are offering our Premium Account FREE for 6 months when you sign-up using the code SANTA17 before 28th Feb 2018.  As a parent-carer, a professional carer or someone who lives with a long-term condition, Liferaft can help you.

Sign up now and you’ll qualify for 6 month’s FREE.  Use it today see how Liferaft could change your life.  Use code SANTA17 when registering.

Autism Hero Awards

The Liferaft team are delighted to sponsor the Parent/Carer Award at the Autism Hero Awards on Saturday, 11th November in London. The award ceremony, presented by the Anna Kennedy Online Charity, has been established to celebrate the excellence taking place in the world of Autism. We think the Autism Hero Awards are a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of those with and those supporting individuals with Autism.  We look forward to sharing the results of the Parent/Carer Award with you all!

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This Month’s Events

As well as the Autism Hero Awards that we’re proud to support, there are lots of brilliant free events happening across the UK this month.  Here are our top picks:

The Transition Event (Peterborough) – 15th November – The Transition Event is a dedicated conference and exhibition on the future of young adults with additional needs.

Kidz to Adultz (Manchester) – 16th November – One of the largest UK exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities.

Communication Matters Workshop (Cardiff) – Learn all about the latest development in the world of AAC products.  There are product demonstrations from the UK’s leading suppliers of communication aids, equipment and software.

For more information about these events and more, visit our Events page on the Liferaft website.

Resources

The Liferaft Resources section has been created to give you access to a large selection of websites that offer relevant support and practical information, whether you’re looking for your local cinema to find out if they have wheelchair access, information on support groups on a wide range of topics or access to Government and NHS websites.

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Autism Hero Awards

Autism Hero Awards

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Liferaft were thrilled to be attending the Autism Hero Awards on Saturday 11th November.  Created by the Anna Kennedy Online Charity as an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the excellence taking place in the world of Autism, this is a unique opportunity to celebrate and showcase accomplishments as well as enhancing Autism awareness and acceptance.

Our Sales & Marketing Director had a fantastic time representing Liferaft – not only was it a great honour for us to sponsor the Parent/Carer Award, it was truly inspiring to be in the company of all the winners and nominees.

The Liferaft team would love to congratulate Amanda West on winning the Parent/Carer award, and thank Anna Kennedy OBE for a memorable evening. 

 

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For more pictures of the evening, click here.

For more information about Liferaft and the benefits it could bring you if you are a caring for someone with Autism, visit our website.

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September Newsletter

Supporting parents and carers during the back to school period

As parents and guardians of children at varying stages of the education system ourselves, the Liferaft team know how challenging this time can be. We also know that the challenge isn’t quite over even when the new term starts.   This is why we’re offering a 6-month FREE trial of the Liferaft Premium Account until 30th September.

Sign up before 30th September and you’ll qualify for a FREE 6-month trial of the full Liferaft Premium Account.  Start using it today to see how Liferaft could change your life and use code LRSCH6 when registering.

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In last month’s newsletter, we talked about the build up to September, when families across the country are preparing for school, college or university.  From children transitioning from primary school to secondary, to having a hard time settling in to their new class, it can be a worrying time for parents.  And if a child under your care has Special Educational Needs (SEN) or a long-term condition, these worries can be intensified.

Understanding the support your child will be receiving at school is key, so make sure you can speak to their teacher or SENCO. Your child may also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to support their education, which will be reviewed regularly; it’s crucial that you are involved in this process too.

How can Liferaft help you and your child?

Liferaft is here to further support your and your loved one’s needs. Here’s how our application can help make the school routine a little easier:

  • Use the Liferaft Trackers to keep a record of food likes & dislikes so if you are not around, you can easily pass the information on if someone else is making up a packed lunch or inviting them to tea
  • Record and share any useful information you think will be helpful to your child’s teacher to facilitate with settling in during the 1st few weeks
  • Keep a track of your child’s mood over the initial weeks to monitor how they are settling in
  • Track their sleep patterns and adjust bed times if needed
  • Set up a reminder to select clothes and pack school bags for the following day
  • Use the goals section to help your child work towards greater independence

Take a look at our dedicated back to school section for more tips from the Liferaft team.

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Although a recent survey of over 2,500 people reveals that 47% of adults have experienced bullying at some point in their lives, it’s still considered an uncomfortable subject to talk about, especially with children.

The start of the new academic year is the ideal time to explore how you can help if a child under your care is a victim of bullying. Read our latest blog post for help and support to help you say no to bullying.

Have you any back to school tips of your own to share? Join our growing Liferaft community, full of support and advice to help make caring for your loved one’s easier. You can say hello on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on Instagram.

Did you know?

Liferaft is the only all-in-one tool that combines information about health and social needs.  Some of the main features include:

  • About Me – input your information including: health status and needs, care needs, daily routines and preferences (likes/dislikes etc.)
  • Contacts – import all of your valuable contacts from your care circle, friends and family
  • Tracking – where everything from blood pressure to mood levels can be added and updated as often as you need
  • Journal – your own diary which can include pictures, which you can choose to share with family members and others
  • Reports – allow you to quickly print off, or directly and securely share information to keep carers updated on any changes in your health, care or social needs
  • Resources – a directory of organisations that may be able to provide support or advice to you, your family and other carers

How Liferaft helps parents

Debs Apsland is a Life Coach, SEN Advocate and Blogger who uses Liferaft to manage information and monitor the health of her three children. Here’s how Liferaft has helped her:

“The time it will free up for you and the stress it will remove from having to find that piece of paper or appointment letter is really helpful and, as a parent, it will give you some me time! And who doesn’t want some more time – even if it’s not for you (although it should be).  Having more time available is something we can all make use of.”

Learn how Liferaft is helping more parents and carers here.

Feedback or Questions

We love to receive your feedback on all aspects of your experience of using Liferaft, be it sign up, support material or use of the product. Even just to say hello, we’re a really friendly team!

August Newsletter

Taking pride in our health & social care communities

This month, there were 100-plus events over the Pride fortnight celebrating diversity in all its forms: from disabilities to relationships, from challenges to achievements.  There is an army of volunteers behind the scenes making this all happen, putting paid to those people who might still think ‘community spirit’ has become a thing of the past

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Liferaft is here to support individuals and communities of caregivers – all year round – by removing the burden of repetitive form-filling and making it easy for you to track, monitor and securely share your own information or manage the health, social and care needs of someone you care for.

Liferaft is a tool everyone can benefit from using.

Building the Liferaft application was just the start – building a community around it is something we are now focussed on, so why not LIKE our Facebook page, get reading our new blog or give us a shout on twitter and be part of the conversation.

Sign up today for a FREE 30-day trial of the full Liferaft Premium Account and start using it today to see how Liferaft could change your life.

Is your child moving starting Primary school?  Moving up to Secondary School?  Or on to further education?

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If you’ve read the About Us section on the Liferaft website, you will see that several of our team are parents and like you, are spending the last few weeks of the precious summer holidays having their children’s feet measured for new school shoes, hunting down that elusive last piece of uniform and hurriedly filling pencil cases and rucksacks.

In the Liferaft team, our children are all at different stages within the education system, but we still sit over a cup of coffee having the same worries!

All these worries can be multiplied if your child has special educational needs (SEN) or a long-term condition.  As parents, we want to support them the best way we can, so if you think that our system could support you and your family, not only in starting or transitioning through school, but in managing other aspects of your life, then try Liferaft for FREE!

Did you know?

Liferaft is the only all-in-one tool that combines information about health and social needs.  Some of the main features include:

  • About Me – input your information including: health status and needs, care needs, daily routines and preferences (likes/dislikes etc.)
  • Contacts – import all of your valuable contacts from your care circle, friends and family
  • Tracking – where everything from blood pressure to mood levels can be added and updated as often as you need
  • Journal – your own diary which can include pictures, which you can choose to share with family members and others
  • Reports – allow you to quickly print off, or directly and securely share information to keep carers updated on any changes in your health, care or social needs
  • Resources – a directory of organisations that may be able to provide support or advice to you, your family and other carers

Feedback or Questions

We love to receive your feedback on all aspects of your experience of using Liferaft, be it sign up, support material or use of the product.  Even just to say ‘hello’, we’re a really friendly team!

 

Kuradocs announces Liferaft

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new online application, Liferaft, which is designed to be used by people living with disabilities and their carers.

Liferaft is a person-centred single system that supports integrated care by providing carers, GPs, nurses, schools and physiotherapists with a single source of information, which is managed by the person being cared for, or by their carer.

Liferaft helps to ease the administrative burden that comes with managing complex medical conditions. The online solution brings together health, medical, emotional and social care information in a secure online platform, so that up to date information is available to everyone in the care circle. Liferaft supports both the person being cared for and, crucially, the carer, by providing a single source of information on the needs, preferences and goals of individuals.

Kuradocs founder, Nicola Murgatroyd, wanted to develop Liferaft after caring for her daughter, who was born with spina bifida. After struggling with the volume of paperwork required to stay on top of appointments and keep everyone informed about her daughter’s needs, Nicola wanted to save other carers the time and pain of having to repeat information whenever new professionals are introduced to the care circle.

It can be used to record not only health and medical data, but also social, emotional and support care information and is particularly useful when arranging respite care, or completing lengthy forms.

Liferaft features include:

About Me – input your information including: health status and needs, care needs, daily routines and preferences, likes/dislikes and information about school and education
Contacts – import all your valuable contacts from your care circle, friends and family
Calendar – useful for staying on top of appointments and also family events that you’re looking forward to attending
Tracking – where everything from blood pressure to mood levels can be added and updated
Goals – record your achievements: this information can also be securely shared with your care circle
Journal – your own diary which can include pictures of activities undertaken, to share with family members and others in the care circle if you choose to do so
Reports – a unique feature that allows you to quickly print off, or directly and securely share information to keep carers updated on any changes in your health, such as a pressure sore that needs to be treated carefully
Resources – this links to a directory of other organisations that may be able to provide support or advice to you, your family and other carers
Events – a list of links to events that might be of interest to you

Liferaft has been designed to be a ‘living document’ that follows and supports the individual requiring care throughout his or her life. It is particularly valuable for informing professional carers about your life, personality, preferences, achievements and goals if you need respite care or are moving from home care to supported living or a care home.

How can you get your own Liferaft? Click on www.myLiferaft.com and follow the easy instructions. If you have any questions, we’re here to help.

Liferaft supports London2Bruges charity cycle ride

UPDATE

Congratulations to our very own Sabina and the team for completing the gruelling London2Bruges cycle ride over the weekend! It was a tough journey by all accounts, but everyone made it there and back, albeit not in one piece!

On Friday May 19th a number of parents (including Liferaft very own Sabina Mangosi), relatives and friends of Kew Riverside Primary School in Surrey are taking part in a 255km (in 36hrs or less!) cycle ride challenge from Kew to Bruges to raise funds for the development and improvement of the school field.

The money raised will go towards creating and maintaining sustainable vegetable and fruit plots, providing Forest School education, sourcing gardening supplies and building an adventure playground for the children.

Liferaft is very proud to support this wonderful initiative and salutes the time and investment all the riders have made to take part: the majority of the cyclists were total novices as of January 2017 and have committed time, energy and quite a lot of hours on two wheels already to ensure they are ‘challenge ready’!

We will be tracking their progress over the 36-hour journey and wishing them well as they tackle the road ahead and raise funds for the school.

Follow us on Twitter @kuradocs to read the latest news!

Liferaft empowers families and individuals to organise, track and share health, care and well-being information about loved ones and those that you care for.

To find out more and to see if Liferaft can help you, visit www.kuradocs/com

Liferaft Spring Newsletter

May sees the United Nations’ International Day of Families: an international celebration of caregivers. This year the focus is on assisting parents in their educational and caregiving roles, through good work/life balance.

At Liferaft our mission is to support all caregivers all year round by removing the burden of repetitive form-filling.

In recognition of this, we have improved our own portal to make it even easier to use. Now you don’t need to enter payment details to access your free trial and we’ve added an easy registration button. Give it a go now:

Register Now

Celebrating Awesome Parents

Continuing on the theme of celebrating caregivers, we are proud to announce that Liferaft is sponsoring the Bloody Awesome Parents Awards taking place in Birmingham on Thursday 18th May. We will be giving away a year’s subscription to one lucky winner on the night, so don’t forget to come and say hello.

Don’t lose out on your Free Premium Account

If you’ve already taken advantage of the 6 months full access to Liferaft, don’t forget that the Free Premium Account expires in May. Why not log in now to see how much time Liferaft can save you. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your password, just use the password reset link on the log in screen.

Liferaft Meet and Greet

While we do everything we can to make your life easier using online tools, we still love getting out to meet our community members face to face. We’ll be on the road on these dates in June:

We’ll have some exciting news to share at these events, so do come and say hello if you’re there.

The Liferaft Family

Whether you are being cared for yourself; you’re a parent caring for a child with additional needs; you’re caring for a parent with a long-term condition, or you’re looking after your spouse, Liferaft is designed to make life easier for everyone.
In recognition of all the members of our community who are caring, or being cared for by a loved one, here are some of the groups that we’re showing our support for during May:

Stay tuned

We have some really exciting news coming up in June, so stay tuned for the next newsletter.

Stay in touch

Do let us know how you’re getting on with the Liferaft portal. We love receiving your emails and take on board your comments as they help us to make the portal better for everyone. Here’s how you can stay in touch:

Until next time,
Clare and the Liferaft Team